such an honor to hear Sarah Lee Guthrie & Hoping Machine sing my song at the Climate March in DC!

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new CD available on band camp click on cover image below to download tracks

new CD available on band camp          click on cover image below to download tracks
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Thursday, May 24, 2012



    Moby Dick characters  c 2012 JoAnne Spies collage 22x30
                                                             

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Moby Dick cards are ready

Moby Dick Fortune Deck  Fedallah's Fortunes
         copyright 2012 JoAnne Spies
                                                                              
copyright 2012 JoAnne Spies
Fedallah's Fortunes
Moby Dick cards


I created card-sized portraits of the characters
in Moby Dick to make fortune cards with quotes 
from each character. I'm looking forward to using
the cards in music and songwriting  games at my summer 
teaching sessions at Becket Arts Camp and the Berkshire Athenaeum.
When making the copies I could see the pictures
would make an interesting painting lined up side by side
in five rows.
Here's a peek at one batch of the cards above.
I invited Lenox, MA artist Paul Graubard to make some 
of his folksy characters to add to my deck. 
We each agreed that making a painting of these miniature characters 
would be a good idea. His spin on my concept
is hanging at Ferrin Gallery. My painting will be 
at an upcoming show at the Book Store in Lenox, MA
curated by Jim Youngerman. 


cd cover JoAnne Spies; oil on paper

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

                                                       from "Fedallah's Fortunes"
                                                                                                 J. Spies